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The Research Files Episode 68: Regulating teachers’ social media use
The Research Files Episode 68: Regulating teachers’ social media use

Researchers from the School of Law at Western Sydney University have looked at the regulation of teacher behaviour on social media in Australia. In this episode of The Research Files, we’re joined by the researchers to find out more about social media policies in schools and the ramifications for teachers.

Podcast special: Professor Rich Lehrer on Maths and Science reasoning
Podcast special: Professor Rich Lehrer on Maths and Science reasoning

Ahead of ACER’s Research Conference next month, we sat down with Professor Rich Lehrer from Vanderbilt University to discuss his research that explores science and mathematics education for elementary school students in the US. He also gives listeners a taste of what he’ll be sharing at the conference and why he decided to name his keynote address ‘Accountable Assessment’.

Teacher Staffroom Episode 27: Read all about it
Teacher Staffroom Episode 27: Read all about it

In today’s episode of Teacher Staffroom, we shine a spotlight on reading. From encouraging students to find a love of reading, to ensuring they have access to a wide variety of texts, to the books children borrowed most frequently from libraries in 2020 – there was so much to squeeze into today’s podcast.

The Research Files Episode 67: Understanding racism and racial bias in school settings
The Research Files Episode 67: Understanding racism and racial bias in school settings

Research has found that educators working in primary schools in Australia lack the confidence and competence to address racial issues in the classroom. As well as this, white normative teaching and the belief that minimising discussions about racism is better than drawing attention to them are common behaviours. In this podcast, we discuss the role of school leaders in addressing these behaviours, and how teachers can confront their own biases.

Teaching methods: Engaging students with problem solving tasks in maths
Teaching methods: Engaging students with problem solving tasks in maths

In this Teaching Methods episode, we speak to education consultant Michael Minas about a study he conducted to measure primary school students’ attitudes towards completing challenging problem solving tasks in maths. Michael shares details of the lesson structure he utilised, and why students responded to it so positively.

School Improvement Episode 32: Zero cost initiatives for reducing carbon emissions in schools
School Improvement Episode 32: Zero cost initiatives for reducing carbon emissions in schools

Schools in West Australia participating in a pilot study managed to dramatically reduce their carbon emissions per student, with 60 per cent of the initiatives they implemented requiring no cost. Here, we speak to the researchers involved to see which initiatives proved to be most impactful, and how other schools can do the same.

The Research Files Episode 66: Casual relief teacher experiences and supports
The Research Files Episode 66: Casual relief teacher experiences and supports

Casual relief teachers (CRTs) are an integral part of the teacher workforce, but many often report feeling a lack of support and exclusion at schools they’re working in. Recent research has uncovered the common challenges faced by CRTs, and how school leaders can mitigate these concerns. Find out more in this podcast episode.

Teacher Staffroom Episode 25: What is evidence-based practice?
Teacher Staffroom Episode 25: What is evidence-based practice?

What is evidence-based practice? And, how do schools determine which programs and methods have solid foundations in research? These questions have been explored in several articles and podcasts on Teacher this month. Throughout this Teacher Staffroom episode, we’ll be exploring some of the key messages to come from these pieces.

School Improvement Episode 31: Improving confidence in music teaching
School Improvement Episode 31: Improving confidence in music teaching

As a primary school teacher, how confident would you say you are at teaching music? What areas of music do you feel you need the most support in? A pilot professional development program has improved the confidence of general primary school educators in music teaching. In this podcast we speak with the research team to find out more.

The Research Files Episode 65: How educators are using research
The Research Files Episode 65: How educators are using research

How are teachers and school leaders accessing and using research and evidence? What challenges do they face when doing so? And, what enables quality use of research and evidence? Members of the research team for the Monash Q Project join us in today’s episode to explore these questions.